In April of 2017, the FM Area Foundation created the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties. The purpose of this fund is to support qualified service providers engaging in immediate and long-term recovery services following a community crisis or disaster.
The fund will be activated in the event of a community crisis or disaster. Gifts made to the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The FM Area Foundation is the region's community foundation and is home to more than 300 charitable funds. The Foundation has been serving the Cass Clay region through philanthropy since 1960.
The FM Area Foundation is one of 18 community foundations across the Midwest participating in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP).
The program provides resources, learning and best practices to help participating foundations build their skills and leadership capacity for better preparation in the event of a disaster.
Community foundations bring unique attributes to disaster work, notably their capacity to efficiently pool and distribute funds from donors to help the community recover in both the short and long term. They also have the ability to bring together service providers, community-based organizations, businesses, government and others when an immediate, effective and coordinated response is paramount.
PPREP is a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
The FM Area Foundation is also a member and fiscal sponsor of the Cass Clay Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
As communities begin the long process of recovering after a disaster—when the media are gone and attention has shifted to other pressing matters—community foundations can provide leadership and support to local communities in the recovery process.
Funders’ Network for Smart and Livable Communities